Welding Operator, The
The first part of the film shows oxyacetylene equipment being used by an operator; and illustrates flat and overhead welding and cutting. Electric resistance and arc welding are also presented. Among the operations shown are spot welding, arc, including the shielded arc, metal table and carbon rod methods. Typical jobs in both production and job welding are explained. The knowledge and physical requirements necessary to be a good welding operator are brought out. There are opportunities in steel mills and automotive industries, in air craft, building, bridge, and pipe line work.
Subject: Why Welding? (Hey, good title!)
Subject: Good overview of the welding profession circa 1942
So considering the urgency, the matter-of-fact, dry tone of this overview of the welding profession is a bit understated, but nonetheless it's informative and useful. Maybe all the bombastic narrators had been drafted.
The film centers around the major welding method of the day, gas oxy-acetylene welding. Although this is considered largely obsolete for production work today, it's good footage of the basics of any welding method. The film moves on to spot welding, then stick welding, and then to describe various applications of these methods. The gas welding of a steel airframe is interesting.
Not mentioned are flux-core, MIG, and TIG welding, but perhaps they were considered too new or advanced for an introductory overview.
Even though the technology is a bit dated, the basics are the same, and this film should be useful to someone interested in welding as a hobby or a profession.